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03 February 2023, 11:25

Call on EAEU to step up digital agenda efforts

MINSK, 3 February (BelTA) - The EAEU countries should intensify efforts to implement the digital agenda, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said at a plenary session of the Digital Almaty 2023 forum in Kazakhstan on 3 February, BelTA has learned.

"In the era of digital transformation, close attention should be paid to society and business. It is necessary to digitize their communication with the state. Absolutely all EAEU countries are following this path. This is an absolutely correct and justified policy. It is very good that we have the opportunity to exchange experience in this area," Roman Golovchenko said.

According to him, the provision of remote public services should be developed not only for citizens in individual countries but also for all citizens of the Eurasian Economic Union. Therefore, it is important to create a cross-border space of trust within the framework of the EAEU, which includes, first of all, the recognition of an electronic digital signature, without which it is impossible to provide people with high-quality public services and ensure the effective work of government bodies and state institutions. "I believe that the heads of government have the right to instruct the appropriate agencies to accelerate the work in this direction," the prime minister said.

“Without an appropriate level of digital education and understanding of human behavior in the digital world, it is impossible to solve these problems. Therefore, for the training of personnel in the digital economy, we need to continuously modernize the existing structure of education and pay special attention to various segments of the population and help them adjust to the life in the digital world," he stressed.

In this regard, Roman Golovchenko suggested that the heads of government of the EAEU member states intensify efforts to develop the digital agenda of the Eurasian Economic Union. According to him, a number of projects have not yet gained traction. "For example the project to create an information and communication showcase of national services of the EAEU digital transport corridors ecosystem was supposed to be completed in December of last year. But is only about halfway there. The project ‘Eurasian network of industrial cooperation, subcontracting and technology transfer' has not actually moved forward since 2019," the prime minister said.

"We need to fully realize the potential of collective efforts to set up a single digital space in the EAEU. We need new constructive solutions," the Belarusian head of government emphasized.

"It is extremely important to complete the plans with regard to the EAEU integrated information system and a specially equipped secure network in the member states of the union. I suggest we discuss the results of this work at the Eurasian Economic Forum in June. By combining our efforts, we will get a synergistic effect, and digitalization, as we all expect, will become a kind of locomotive for all sectors of the economy," Roman Golovchenko summed up.

Digital Almaty is a traditional forum to discuss the digital agenda, new strategies of digital transformation and trends in digital technology. The forum is held for the fifth time. The current event is themed around the current global challenges in the development of the innovative technologies industry. The business program of the forum features 20 panel discussions with more than 150 speakers - representatives of international and Kazakhstani IT community. It is expected that more than 15,000 people from 30 countries will attend the Digital Almaty forum. The panel discussions highlight the accelerated transition of industries from automation to digitalization, prospects of digital mining, areas of application of robotization, development of the IT industry in the Eurasian region.

The exhibitions of country technology parks, international vendors, and venture funds are co-located with the forum. The Startup Alley displays 100 new projects. The Digital Ministry Cup championship on robotics and innovative technologies among schoolchildren will make its maiden appearance at the forum. The largest IT-companies have presented their career opportunities.

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